MMAZ: Maryland “Crab” Cakes Revisited!

Sometimes even when you have the best of intentions… things just don’t get done.

When I saw Heather announce that the MMAZ ingredient for the letter “H” was going to be hearts of palm, I knew exactly which recipe I wanted to share. I had every single intention of whipping up a batch of these beauties:


Yet, these two cans still sit in my pantry unopened:


Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to making my Maryland “crab” cakes this weekend, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still share the recipe with you! They’re so easy and delicious to make- and you’d never guess that the “meat” is actually hearts of palm!

You can view the recipe and instructions here.

Be sure to head over to Heather’s page today for this week’s MMAZ roundup and check out all of the creative recipes that others are sharing!

Weight Loss Motivation: The DietBet Game!

If you have a really good memory, you may remember me posting about a little game called DietBet back in January of this year. I had gotten the opportunity to try out the campaign as part of my ambassadorship through Fitfluential and thought it would be really good motivation to lose a few lbs. Unfortunately, through all of the chaos and stress during that time (with putting our house on the market and preparing to move across the country) I let life get in the way and didn’t really focus on losing weight. I think I ended up losing one lb. in the 4-week time period (and trust me, at that point I was grateful just for that!).

Lately, I’ve been working really hard on finally getting back on track with my weight loss and healthy eating (and drinking) habits. I’ve been doing a pretty good job for the last two weeks! Just yesterday curiosity got the best of me- I got on the scale for the first time since we moved. I know that whatever is reflected on the scale is just a number, but no matter how much I tell myself that (and believe it) it still doesn’t really feel that good when the number is much higher than what I’d like to see. I was convinced that I’ve gained at least 10-15 lbs. since moving here, because all of the hiking and exercise I’ve done definitely doesn’t override the vacation-like eating and drinking that’s gone on in my house for almost three months now. I was shocked to see that I’ve (only) gained 5 lbs. My clothes definitely feel a lot tighter, and my main goal is just to have them fit loosely (or at least comfortably). Knowing now where my starting point is makes the idea of losing some weigh not seem so daunting, and I’m excited to keep this healthy streak going!

So, that’s where DietBet comes in. I decided to start my own game (this is not affiliated with Fitfluential or any other organization) because I know the motivation of winning some money will help. Here’s a little bit about how it works (much of this is from my original post):

DietBet isn’t a diet or weightloss plan. You won’t be getting a food or exercise plan to follow, and you won’t be expected to attend any weekly meetings. DietBet is simply an incentive and means of accountability. And if you’re like me, that might be just what you need to shed a few of those unwanted lbs. Since I already know about eating well and exercising, what helps me is finding the motivation to commit to losing weight. As they say on the website, DietBet is a 4-week social dieting game.

The concept is simple: find a game and pay $25 to join in. The game is 28 days long (4 weeks) and the goal is to lose 4% of your body weight in that time. If, at the end of 4 weeks, you have lost 4% of your body weight, you will split the pot with any other participants that have also hit the goal.

When I first read that the goal was 4% of your body weight, I was a little nervous. That sounds like a lot…. But then I did the math, and it’s actually a pretty reasonable and healthy amount (about 7 lbs. for me). I don’t know about you, but having 7 less lbs. on my body would feel pretty fantastic.

You may be wondering: how do I weigh in?

As you can see from the photo above, you will be required to submit two different photos for your weigh-in. You must be completely honest with this process (DietBet will further investigate any weight loss patterns that seem “suspicious.”) And isn’t the point to actually lose weight here? Statistics have also shown that 90% of DietBet participants have lost weight! 90%!!

FYI- your weight will not be posted. That information and the photographs that you submit are kept private.

Signing up is easy- you can just log in with your Facebook account! (If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can create a unique user id and password.) Once you join in, you’ll be directed to your team page.

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At the top of team page you’ll be able to see the amount that’s currently in the pot, how many players are in that particular game, and the total lbs. lost. (It’s zero right now because the game hasn’t started.)

Scroll down a little further on the page and you’ll see a list of your fellow game players. You can also interact and leave messages on the “wall” (like Facebook).

There’s also an option to send a message to friends via Facebook or Email to get them to join in!

There’s also an iPhone app. 🙂

So….. are you ready to join in on the fun? Ready to have some incentive to start shedding those unwanted lbs.?

If so, please consider joining in my DietBet game, which starts next Monday (you will weigh-in this weekend). The more people that sign up, the bigger the pot grows, and the more money you can potentially win! And if you have a friend, spouse, co-worker, etc. that might be interested, they can sign up too! A little healthy competition can be fun. 😉

I don’t know about you, but I am pumped to get this party started and hit my 4% goal! Who’s with me?!

If you would like any further information, feel free to check out the DietBet website or leave a question below!

**ONE MORE THING! Don’t forget to enter to win 3 bags (1 of each flavor!) of FlapJacked Protein Pancake mix! Paige is also doing the giveaway on her blog today- so go over there and double up on your chances to win!!

WIAW 50: Beer Pairing Dinner with Upslope & Blackbelly Catering

It’s only fitting that my 50th consecutive What I ate Wednesday post chronicles the best meal I’ve eaten in recent memory.

Or… ever.

Last month, while Greg and I were in Oregon I happened to be reading through my Twitter feed (something I rarely do) in our hotel room after a long day of traveling, hiking and beer drinking. I noticed a (re)Tweet from my favorite Top Chef contestant ever, Hosea Rosenberg:

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I clicked on the link and read all about this incredible sounding event. Chef Hosea’s catering company, Blackbelly Catering, was teaming up with one of my favorite local breweries for a farm to table dinner. Coincidentally, it also was planned to occur the night before mine and Greg’s second wedding anniversary. I knew we had to go. Luckily it wasn’t hard to convince Greg – he’s also a big Hosea fan (and an even bigger fan of Upslope’s beer).

I’ve been a big Top Chef fan since the first season and (like I said above), Chef Hosea has always been my favorite! Greg and I even planned a trip to Jax Fish House in Boulder (where he was formerly the chef at) during our first visit to Colorado in 2009, just so we could taste his food. Unfortunately, he happened to be at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen that week. Just our luck!

Last week I finally got to try Hosea’s food- and met the man himself!

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I’ll admit it. I had a slight crush on him when he was on Top Chef…

Here’s how the evening started: The dinner was held at Upslope Brewing Company’s second location.

upslope door

Greg and I had only been to the new location once. We discovered the first location randomly on a trip to Boulder back in 2010 and fell in love with their beer!

As we went inside, we were led into a special room with seating for about 30 people. We were so excited to find out what was in store for us!


The night began with a few beers and some hors d’oeuvres. Judging from the first few bites- I knew we were in for a really incredible meal!


You see that bite on the bottom right? That’s a beet burger (a little different than my own version). It was a roasted beet with goat cheese and basil on a cornbread and sesame “bun.” Oh yes.

The most creative hors d’oeuvre was one that I failed to get picture of, but I’ll tell you about it anyway: a red grape covered in truffle shavings and crushed pistachios. Whoa.

After having a little time to much on appetizers and mingle with our table mates, we were all taken on a tour of the facility. We started in the taproom, because the staff at Upslope wanted to make sure that no one was empty handed for the tour. They took such good care of us the whole night (and couldn’t have been friendlier!)!

upslope taproom

The head brewer, Alex, took us around the brewing facility and explained how everything worked. We saw where the beer is brewed and canned (and you should already know that I’m a big fan of canned beer!).


While we were on the tour, Chef Hosea and the Blackbelly catering team were hard at work prepping our meal.

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When the tour was over we went back to the dining area and got ready for the main event!


After everyone was served, Chef Hosea came out to introduce the first course. He told us about the ingredients, why he chose them and where they were from (and he did so for each course). It’s so wonderful to hear a chef talk about the food you’re about to eat!


The first course:


Smooth Tomato Gazpacho with watermelon, mint and crab | Upslope Session Pale Ale

I’ve had a lot of tasty variations of gazpacho this year- but this is probably my favorite! I love the addition of watermelon. Once again I thought I need to make this!! The beer was light and slightly sweet – perfect for crab!

The Second Course:

pork belly

Blackbelly Farm Pork Belly with andouille scrapple and cherry gastrique | Upslope Brown Ale

Holy crap. I’m fairly certain that this is the most delicious plate of food I’ve ever had in my life. I am still dreaming about it! You really can’t go wrong with pork belly. And the funny thing is- I usually think scrapple is disgusting. My mom would always buy the gray-ish block of RAPA Scrapple when I was growing up (is that just a Maryland/Delaware thing?) and it just grossed me out. But this scrapple… it had me at hello. It just all worked. The Brown Ale also happens to be my favorite beer that Upslope cans and it was soooo good with the cherries!

The third course:

skirt steak

Grass-fed Colorado Skirt Steak with summer squash & potato fricassee and garden herb puree | Upslope India Pale Ale

The beef was tender and perfectly cooked- but my favorite thing was the “random garden vegetables” (as Chef Hosea called them) and puree underneath. So much flavor! Being the IPA girl that I am, I can’t complain about the pairing. 😉

The fourth course:

chocolate cake

Chocolate Stout Cake with sea salt caramel gelato and fresh berries | Altbier Sticke & Foreign Stout

I’ll be real with you- I’m not a fan of chocolate cake. Maybe I should clarify: I’m not a fan of traditional chocolate cake. THIS cake however… I could eat it every single day and not have a care in the world (except for passing out in a sugar coma). I had to hold myself back from licking my plate clean (and if I had one more beer- I probably would’ve!). This dessert was so good that it was paired with two different beers (of which I took turns taking sips of- one right after the other).

I was so sad when this meal was over, but there was also no way that I could’ve fit another bite of food in my belly! The whole event was $80 per person. Between all of the beer, food and one-on-one attention, it was definitely worth every single penny (and much more!). And get this – we were each given “goodie bags” from Liquor Mart in Boulder that contained a paper that we can use to get a discount on Upslope beer that we buy there for the next three months. AND- we apparently picked up the “lucky” bag, because in one of ours was a complimentary membership to Liquor Mart’s Beer Club (which includes one six-pack of craft beer per week for the next three months!). I’d say that we definitely got our money’s worth from that dinner.

Upslope beer is currently only available for retail in Colorado (although I think I heard that it may be available soon in Texas also), so if you live or visit here, be sure to pick some up! I also think that I heard that Chef Hosea may be doing more of these beer pairing dinners in the future, but I can’t promise that it’s 100% true. (If it is- I’ll definitely be attending again!)

This was such a memorable, delicious, incredible, FUN meal and I can’t think of a better way to ring in our two-year anniversary. Did I mention that we got up at 5:00 the next morning and hiked a 14er?!

Be sure to head over to Jenn’s page to check out the WIAW party!

Coconut Milk Refreshers [Cinna-Minty Melon Cooler]

Even though it’s been in the 90s for several days at a time this summer, it still makes me laugh when people complain about the heat here in Colorado. Sure- that temperature may be high, but the humidity is still relatively low. 95˚ in Denver certainly feels a lot cooler than the same temperature in Maryland! I’m not saying that it hasn’t felt hot here- it’s just all relative.

During these dog days of summer, a cold, refreshing beverage is certainly a welcome bit of relief! I have a number of cold drinks that I turn to when I need to cool off a bit after a long morning of outdoor activity. That short list includes water and smoothies. And I’d be lying if I didn’t include a beer every once in a while (especially after a hike or mountain bike ride!). For today, I’m going to focus on the second item on that list: smoothies.

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I’d been eying the various melons at Whole Foods for the last few weeks, and so far this summer I have only purchased watermelon. I finally bit the bullet and picked up two more varieties of melon the other day:


Do you like my husband’s melons?

I’m a big fan of cantaloupe- it’s right up there with watermelon for me! Honeydew, however, is usually the one thing that I leave behind when eating a fruit salad. Greg loves it though, so I picked some up. Plus, it’s the star ingredient in Silk’s Cucumber Melon drink, which I had pinned a few weeks ago.

I recently discovered Silk’s Pure Coconut Original and I can’t get enough of it! I know that it’s super trendy to be obsessed with coconut anything right now, and I am definitely on board with that! I posted a few of the recipes from Silkology a couple of weeks ago that I had tried, all of which used Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla. I wanted to try the coconut milk in a smoothie, and figured that the cucumber melon would be perfect!

cucumber melon

I liked this drink just as much as I thought I would. Even though I am usually not a honeydew fan, the combination of ingredients just sounded fantastic to me! The flavor that stands out the most is cucumber- which is the ultimate “refreshment” ingredient. I used Silk Pure Coconut Original to create this drink, but anything in the Pure Almond line would probably be just as good.

Keeping with theme of melon, coconut milk and refreshment, I decided to experiment a little more. When it comes to smoothies, I definitely like to keep it simple. The fewer ingredients the better! I wanted to make cantaloupe the star, because I love the flavor so much. After a little bit of time in the kitchen, this is what I ended up with:

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Cinna-Minty Melon Cooler (serves 2)

2 cups cubed cantaloupe

1.5 cups ice cubes

1 cup Silk Pure Coconut Original

1 T agave nectar (or honey)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon

6 small mint leaves (about 1 T)

Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.

Initially, when I made this drink it was without the vanilla and cinnamon. But it needed something. The combination of the cinnamon with the mint is really wonderful! And the vanilla kind of mellows everything out. (If you use Silk Pure Coconut Vanilla, you could probably leave out the vanilla extract.) You could make this drink with any type of milk, but the coconut makes it extra creamy and rich. 🙂

Speaking of creamy and rich… check out this recipe on the back of the Silk Pure Coconut Original carton:

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You better BELIEVE I’ll be making that next…

What’s your favorite variety of melon? Are there any that you do not like?

LiveFit Trainer: I LIVED Through It!

I’ve gotta say- every day living that I’m living here is a good day. I still constantly have those “pinch me” moments where I can’t believe that it’s real, like earlier this week while hiking at Chautauqua. I’m just … so at peace here.


As you can see, I live on the edge.

Today is a very special day: it marks the last day of the third and final phase of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer! In some ways, I can’t believe it’s over. But in others, the program seems like it’s gone on forever. I’ve definitely learned a lot over the last 13 weeks (the program is 12 weeks, but I had one week while I was in Oregon that I did non-LiveFit workouts). This post today is all about the good, the bad and the ugly. Well, maybe not so ugly.

I started the LiveFit trainer program on Monday, April 29th – just one day after we moved to Colorado. When I lived in Maryland I was teaching a minimum of seven group exercise classes a week (mostly Bodypump and Spinning), so those were the majority of my workouts. After performing the same exercise routine for years, I knew it was time to switch it up. Since every other single thing in my life was changing I figured why not start a new exercise program too? My friend Heather had been doing LiveFit for two weeks by the time I started and was raving about how great it was. For the first time in a long time I actually had the freedom to choose what my workouts were going to be, so I decided to start the LiveFit trainer program. I should also point out that I did not follow the LiveFit Trainer Eating Program, so I won’t be commenting on that at all. There are some decent recipes that Jamie Eason recommends, and I did adapt some of them into my diet.

LiveFit Trainer was divided up into 3 four-week phases. Phase One was definitely the easiest. The only hard part about Phase One was that it required no cardio. For someone that was used to teaching multiple Spinning classes each week, this was a little tough to get used to. I put my trust into the program and focused solely on strength training and heavy lifting. It also included 3 rest days in the first two weeks and 2 in the third and fourth (I usually still went hiking on most rest days). The weird thing is- I actually liked it! Phase One went against everything that I had been doing before (cardio, strength training with low weight/high reps) and I liked that. Change is good.

When I got to Phase Two, I was happy to re-introduce cardio to my routine (but dang- it was hard to get back into it!). Each week included 30 minutes of cardio 3-4 times per week. which was paired with a strength training workout focusing on a specific muscle group. Phase two added in an additional day for exercise which meant 6 days of workouts with 1 day of rest. I designated Saturdays as my rest day and started each new week on Sunday. One of the big changes with Phase Two were the twice-a-week leg workouts. They were brutal! But, if you know me, you know that I like my legs to be big and strong- so I (sickly) liked when leg day rolled around. Most of the workouts took about an hour, which is definitely a manageable amount of time. I packed a lot of heart-pumping, sweaty action into that hour!

I also took a lot of annoying, sweaty selfies during that phase.


After I completed the first workout of Phase Three my initial thought was you’ve got to be kidding me… All of the sudden, the workouts were much more intense- and much longer. While I did like the exercises that each day had to offer, this is the phase I struggled with the most. The biggest gripe I had about the Phase Three workouts is that many were complicated, high maintenance and a little unrealistic to do in a crowded gym. Instead of performing multiple sets of one exercise and moving on to the next, there were many that had you alternating between exercises for one set each. To successfully do this, all of the machines that you need must be available, which was hardly ever the case. At least with the other phases I could complete an exercise and move on to the next (and skip forward if a machine was taken). All of this leads me into my other complaint about Phase Three- the workouts were just too long! On some days, I spent two hours in the gym. I don’t know about you, but anything much over an hour is just too much for me. I’d rather pack a ton of intensity into a short amount of time and move on with my day. All of that aside, I did really enjoy the workouts. Each one pushed me to work harder and many left me sore for days (especially this particular day!).

Despite all of my whining, I still pushed through every single day and completed the workouts. I’m really stubborn about not only finishing something that I start- but also finishing it well. I knew that Jamie Eason wrote up each and every workout with a plan in mind, and I really respect that. I also like the satisfaction of being able to say (and know) that I did it.


Since the start of the program, I haven’t lost any weight, but I have certainly gained some muscle mass. I didn’t go into this as a “weight loss program” and was much more intrigued by the workouts and any new information (or exercises) I might learn. I imagine that if I had followed the diet plan strictly I would probably be a lot leaner by now- but it just wasn’t something that I was able to follow and not want to shoot someone. For me, any “diet” plan has to be something that I can happily follow and sustain- that’s the only way I have continued success. I definitely notice a difference in the definition of certain areas of my body- especially my upper back and shoulders (namely, posterior delts). I am noticeably stronger too- and that just rocks.

So what’s next for me? Well, I’m still trying to find a gym to teach Bodypump and Spinning at- that has definitely been a challenge since moving here. For the next week or two, I’m going to focus on learning the choreography (finally) for the latest Bodypump release, ride my Spinning and mountain bikes and hike (of course). After that, who knows? I am definitely looking forward to having the freedom to have my workout be whatever I want for a while. I will definitely still continue to lift and go back to many of the workouts from the LiveFit program.

Unless I can get this guy to be my trainer…


I’ll be sticking to doing my own thing for a while. 🙂

Just a few quick reminders: There’s a kick-ass FlapJacked giveaway going on (the winner gets a package of each flavor of high protein mix!)- I’ll choose the winner Sunday night!

My DietBet Game starts on Monday. You can sign up by this Sunday to participate!!


Have you ever completed an (time specific) exercise program? Do you have to finish everything you start or do you usually drop off?

NuttZo: The

Forgive the title of this post- WordPress has a habit of not letting the whole thing show.. It should say: NuttZo: The “Powerhouse” of Nut Butters.

Of all of the things in my kitchen that I love to eat, nut (and/or seed) butter ranks right at the top of the list. Peanut, almond, sunflower, hazelnut, cashew… I’m not picky. It’s one of those things that I make a beeline for at the grocery store and always notice if there’s a new brand of it on the shelf.

I’ve been eying NuttZo brand nut butter for quite some time now, but just hadn’t yet taken the plunge. I think the timing’s just been bad- I have a rule about how many open jars of nut butter are allowed in my house at once (and always have way too many!). I was recently given the opportunity through my ambassadorship with Fitfluential to review a variety of NuttZo and (of course) I jumped at the chance!

NuttZo is a 100% organic 7 nut and seed butter that is gluten and soy free and contains no added sugars, oils nor preservatives and is available in 3 flavors: Original, Chocolate, and Peanut Free.

I received a jar of the Creamy Original Seven Seed & Nut Butter:


One thing that I noticed right away is the new design of the label and the glass jar! NuttZo has always caught my eye because of it’s unique “upside down” jar (which is GREAT for any natural nut butter to help prevent oil separation!) and I love the look of the new label and packaging.

Upon arrival, I immediately tested out the nut butter on a piece of toast with sliced banana.


NuttZo is super thick and has a lot of flavor without being sweet. (I like that because I like my nut butter to taste like nuts.)

I’ve also been putting NuttZo on pretty much everything- including (slightly burnt) pancakes:


Smeared on waffles:


Even just by the spoonful.


But, my all-time favorite way to enjoy any kind of nut butter is on a sandwich with jelly. NuttZo even came with me on my hike to summit Mt. Bierstadt!


That sandwich was so good at 14,000′ elevation! My absolute favorite thing to pack for a picnic lunch on a long hike is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich- and with the 7 grams of protein that NuttZo provides, along with healthy fats, it was the perfect fuel with real staying power! Learning that NuttZo has that much protein per serving surprised me a bit- in a good way!

Besides the bonus of being a good source of protein, NuttZo provides a number of other health benefits! It’s loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. One spoonful of NuttZo provides 50% of your daily ADA omega 3! This particular variety of NuttZo contains only the following ingredients: Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Brazilian Nuts, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Hazelnuts, Sea Salt. There are a number of health benefits found in the seven types of nuts and seeds found in NuttZo Seven Nut & Seed Butter. Just a few of these include: high levels of magnesium as well as good amounts of potassium, calcium, and fiber (almonds), magnesium to strengthen digestion and improve flexibility (cashews) and anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties (flaxseeds). You can read about the many other benefits from nuts and seeds here.

Another thing I love about NuttZo: The creator, Danielle LiVolsi, developed it in 2009 while super-boosting her two sons’ vitamins and minerals after adopting them from Ukrainian orphanages in 2002 and 2005. NuttZo donates 1% of gross sales to the non-profit organization, Project Left Behind, that funds programs in orphanages around the world. That means that not only is NuttZo delicious- your purchases also go on to help a much greater cause!

NuttZo ingredients are USDA Certified Organic, QAI Certified Organic and Kosher Certified- try finding that is other nut butters on the shelf. Because of the high quality ingredients used to make NuttZo, it retails for $12.99 – $19.99 per jar (but think about – that’s as low as 92 cents per serving!). And trust me- it’s worth every penny. NuttZo can be purchased online at or at Whole Foods Stores across the US, as well as many local gourmet food retailers.

Now that you know just how great NuttZo is, be sure to add it to your shopping list this weekend!

* I was given a free sample of NuttZo to review. All opinions are my own.

What’s your favorite type of nut butter? What’s your favorite way to enjoy it?

Today’s The Day!

Hello! I hope you are enjoying this WONDERFUL last weekend of July. Mine’s been filled with great friends, hiking and sunshine- I certainly can’t complain! Just wanted to give you two quick reminders:

#1: I will be choosing the winner of the FlapJacked (High Protein Pancake mix) Giveaway tonight- so be sure to enter if you haven’t already! One lucky winner will receive a 12 oz. bag of each of the three flavors that FlapJacked has to offer.

FJ flavors

I can confidently say that once you give these pancakes a try, you’ll be just as big of a fan of them as I am! Go enter to win while you still can!


#2: My DietBet starts tomorrow- which means that in order to participate you must sign up by tonight and submit your starting weight! If you’re currently working on a weightloss project or need some motivation to get rid of some unwanted body fat I highly recommend taking part in this game.

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I’m participating because I can definitely use some additional accountability. And of course, if you meet your 4% goal by the end, you win cash money, baby. Sign up here & tell your friends and anyone else that may be interested!

That’s all for now- enjoy your Sunday!!

#KINDAwesome [Giveaway!]

*the blog may be undergoing a little makeover- expect to see some changes over the next few days. 🙂

Howdy! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I’ve got a question for you: what the heck happened to July?! I can’t believe that August starts this week… that just blows my mind! Time flies when you’re having fun I guess. 🙂

Here’s a fun little story for you:

Last May (of 2012) I attended the first annual BLEND retreat. At the end of the weekend, a bunch of different prizes were raffled off and I was lucky enough to win one month’s supply of KIND bars and Healthy Grains (granola). Shortly after returning home from the retreat, THIS showed up at my doorstep:


Obviously, KIND was a little bit generous with the “one month supply” of snacks.

I had already been a fan of KIND bars for a long time (I actually discovered them when I was on a gluten-free kick back in 2009) and didn’t even that they made granola until I received my prize winnings. I made my way through the various flavors of KIND bars and Healthy Grains and shared my delicious treats with family, friends, co-workers and clients. Maybe I increased my popularity a bit too?

The nice folks at KIND offered to do a monthly giveaway through my blog and I happily agreed! I looked forward to creating the posts each month and giving readers the opportunity to win a huge bounty of KIND goodness. KIND was always so generous in the packages they sent out to the winners- and it was really fun to see exactly what bars and Healthy Grains everyone got via their photos on Twitter and Instagram.

It’s been a little while since I did the last KIND Giveaway. With moving across the country and all, life got a little hectic and crazy and often times this little blog o’ mine got neglected. I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with my life (career-wise) ever since I quit my teaching job last June. I got my personal training certification, but never had the intention of being a trainer full-time in a gym. I will always want to teach exercise and train part-time, but still want to explore any possible options that may be out there.

One day in June, a new job opportunity pretty much landed in my lap. Because of the relationship I had built with this company and the passion that I had shown- I was recommended for a job that I didn’t even know existed! I interviewed, was offered the job and happily accepted. And today I am proud to be working for an amazing company where every day is a fun, new adventure!


That’s right- I am now an official employee of KIND! I work for the Field Marketing team and I am loving every minute of it. My basic duty is to spread the KIND love by getting our products in as many people’s hands as possible.

I seek out certain events, places and every day happenings where I can bring awareness to our delicious KIND products. I have to tell you- it’s really easy to “talk up” and promote something that I’m already a huge fan of. It also helps that everywhere I go, I hear people tell how much they love KIND bars. Oh if only they could see my garage…

KIND bars

And- as an employee of KIND, it’s my duty to know the products and be able to give an accurate description of the flavors. For that reason, I have a special drawer in my kitchen that looks like this:

bar assortment

It’s not really a bad problem to have. 🙂

I’m really excited about this new job and where it leads. It’s just part time right now, which still gives me time to focus on finishing my health coach certification and teach group exercise classes/small group training. It’s pretty much the perfect balance for where I’m at right now. 🙂

Let’s focus for a minute here on the products:

KIND has a variety of different bars that fall into different categories: Fruit & Nut, PLUS and Nuts & Spices. The Fruit & Nut bars are made up of just that: fruit and nuts! My favorite Fruit & Nut bar flavor is probably Peanut Butter & Strawberry (it tastes like a PB&J sandwich!). KIND PLUS bars have more protein, fiber and/or antioxidants than the others- and that’s just because of the particular nuts/fruits that they contain (there’s no added protein powder or cheap source of fiber). The Nuts & Spices line has some of the most unique flavor combinations like Cashew & Ginger Spice, Madagascar Vanilla Almond and everyone’s favorite:


The bars in this line are also the lowest in sugar. Would you believe that the Dark Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt bar contains only 5 grams of sugar?!

KIND’s Healthy Grains is probably the tastiest granola you’ll ever have. It comes in six different delicious flavors and is lower in calories than most granola that you’ll see on grocery store shelves. My favorite flavor? It’s definitely a toss-up between these two:


You can check out all six flavors here and decide for yourself!

SO. About that giveaway… I’m sure that’s why you’re still reading, right? Because KIND has been so good to me and it is now my job to share the love I’m giving away a big ol’ box of KIND goodness containing an assortment of various bars, Healthy Grains and a few other special surprises to one very lucky reader.

Hold on. I’m feeling extra generous. Let’s make that TWO very lucky readers!

That’s right- two of you are going to have a box of KIND deliciousness (personally selected by yours truly) show up at their front door.

To enter:

– Leave a comment telling me which flavor(s) of KIND bar is your favorite OR which ones you would like to try!

Get additional entries by doing the following (and make sure you leave an extra comment for each telling me that you’ve done so!):

– Tweet the following text: Win a giant box of delicious, healthy @kindsnacks here!

– Tweet/Instagram a photo of yourself with a KIND bar (preferably doing something fun!) and use the hashtag #kindawesome

I’ll be choosing the winners ONE WEEK from today (Monday, August 5th) at 8pm EST and will post them here on the blog the next day. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

And speaking of giveaways: the winner of the FlapJacked giveaway is:

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CONGRATS ANNETTE! Email me at [email protected] for details. 🙂

GOOD LUCK- go get ‘em!

July 29th, 2013 | Tags: Favorite Things, Giveaway | Category: Uncategorized

192 comments to #KINDAwesome [Giveaway!]

July 29, 2013 at 4:23 am · Reply

My favorite is almond & coconut because to me it tastes like an almond joy…YUM !! I would loveyo try the peanut butter & strawberry one. I’ve never seen that flavor before
July 29, 2013 at 4:24 am · Reply

I tweeted too !!
July 29, 2013 at 4:30 am · Reply

I love the peanut butter & dark chocolate w/ protein bar……….so deliciously tasty. 🙂
July 29, 2013 at 5:35 am · Reply

My favorite is almond & coconut .. so yummy! 🙂
Amy @
July 29, 2013 at 6:26 am · Reply

Definitely peanut butter granola and almond cashew flax bars!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
July 29, 2013 at 6:56 am · Reply

Okay, first of all – CONGRATS! That’s SO exciting!
Second, my KIND bar supply is low and could use a little boost.. 😉 So I tried the dark chocolate cherry a couple weeks ago AND OH.EM.GEE that was incredible! But the coconut almond is also a top favorite lately….mmmm!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
July 29, 2013 at 7:00 am · Reply

I tweeted the giveaway – come ooooon luck! 🙂
July 29, 2013 at 7:11 am · Reply

Congrats on the new job!!! Sounds like a perfect fit 🙂
My fav granola bar is the Blueberry Pecan and Fiber. Delicious!
July 29, 2013 at 7:26 am · Reply

MMmm, I love your KIND giveaways. I’d like to try the Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio + Antioxidants.
July 29, 2013 at 7:38 am · Reply

I have never actually tried KIND before and love their fabulous array of mixed nuts and fruit flavor options! Oh my goodness – how can I choose one? That Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio sounds divine with all the healthy superfoods packed inside! Thank you!
July 29, 2013 at 7:40 am · Reply

I tweeted too via @serene_streams! Thank you again!
July 29, 2013 at 8:09 am · Reply

I love KIND bars but unfortunately the selection is limited where I live. Madagascar Vanilla Almond is my favorite but would love to try Cashew & Ginger Spice and Peanut Butter & Strawberry.
July 29, 2013 at 8:17 am · Reply

I have never met a KIND bar I didn’t like…how fun that you get to work for them!
July 29, 2013 at 8:33 am · Reply

I would love to try the Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Pecan! YUM!
Rebecca Bowers
July 29, 2013 at 8:35 am · Reply

I LOVE the chocolate and peanut butter and the blueberry vanilla, but the peanut butter and strawberry one sounds amazing!
July 29, 2013 at 8:35 am · Reply

I love the blueberry pecan and it is my go-to travel snack. Hope I win!
July 29, 2013 at 8:40 am · Reply

I love Kind bars! Any bar with almonds and dark chocolate is yummy!
July 29, 2013 at 8:44 am · Reply

my fav. is their blueberry cashew bar… so tasty.
July 29, 2013 at 8:46 am · Reply

Congrats on the new job! My absolute favorite is the cherry dark chocolate one. YUM!
July 29, 2013 at 8:46 am · Reply

Oh my goodness, that is a month’s supply of KIND snacks? Wow, the people at kind sure are kind!

I would love to try the Madagascar Vanilla Almond. I’ve yet to get my hands on these KIND of bars. teehee 🙂
July 29, 2013 at 8:57 am · Reply

My favorite is the almond coconut! I got my husband hooked on them too! Congrats on the job!
July 29, 2013 at 9:03 am · Reply

I’ve tried and really like the apple cinnamon and pecan but the chocolate cherry and blueberry pomegranate sound SO good! As does ginger 🙂
July 29, 2013 at 9:14 am · Reply

I’ve really enjoyed any type of kind bar that I have tried. So delish! I tweeted too!
July 29, 2013 at 9:18 am · Reply

Madagascar Vanilla Almond sounds amazing. But you had me at Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt. Yum!
Amanda O.
July 29, 2013 at 9:23 am · Reply

I really want to try the peanut butter and strawberry bar…not many places around here (other than Walmart) carry them – you have to love small town, rural Nebraska!
Autumn Freitag
July 29, 2013 at 9:24 am · Reply

I LOOOOVE the apple cinnamon/pecan bar. Oh, and the dark chocolate cinnamon peacan….wait wait wait…the blueberry pomegranate is my favorite…ugh I cant decide, they are ALL delicious! What an awesome job opportunity!!!!
July 29, 2013 at 9:31 am · Reply

I love the dark chocolate/cinnamon pecan bar, but I’ve liked every kind I have tried!
July 29, 2013 at 9:32 am · Reply

Congrats on the new job! It’s so awesome to work for a company that you stand behind. Sounds like a dream job indeed. My eyes are still oogling the about picture. I had no idea they had a dark chocolate, nuts and sea salt flavor…that’s the one I’d love to try. Right now my favorite is Cranberry Almond! I also received a bag of KIND granola from a fitness magazine event and fell in love with the Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds
July 29, 2013 at 9:32 am · Reply

I love the dark chocolate cherry! Yum!
July 29, 2013 at 9:33 am · Reply

I have liked every kind of Kind bar that I have tried so far, but want to try more!!!!!!
July 29, 2013 at 9:33 am · Reply

I tweeted:
July 29, 2013 at 9:34 am · Reply

I tweeted!
July 29, 2013 at 9:35 am · Reply

I would love to try the peanut butter strawberry KIND bar!
Ali Q
July 29, 2013 at 9:46 am · Reply

I’ve never had a kind bar! I would love to try the dark chocolate sea salt!
Kimberly @ Healthy Strides
July 29, 2013 at 9:52 am · Reply

I love the dark chocolate and sea salt
Caroline h.
July 29, 2013 at 9:55 am · Reply

I love the dark chocolate and sea salt bars.
Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
July 29, 2013 at 10:05 am · Reply

Yummmmm! My favorite is the Blueberry Pecan bar, but I do not descriminate : ) I also want to try that granola!
Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
July 29, 2013 at 10:05 am · Reply

And here is my twitter link
July 29, 2013 at 10:11 am · Reply

I love the almond coconut bar. I had it for the first time last week for a quick bite in between a run and a Pilates class. Delish! I need to try their granola too!
Jessica Forrestt
July 29, 2013 at 10:12 am · Reply

That sounds like an awesome job! Congrats! I love all their flavors, especially dark chocolate cherry! YUM!
Jessica Forrestt
July 29, 2013 at 10:13 am · Reply

I tweeted!
Danielle Poyser
July 29, 2013 at 10:19 am · Reply

I LOVE the apple cinnamon and pecan, but would love to try any and all of the kind products because I’m such a fan❤
Teresa @
July 29, 2013 at 10:20 am · Reply

I think I have tried them all and love them all especially the dark chocolate when I want a treat! Congrats on the job what an amazing opportunity!!
Becki @ Bites ‘n Brews
July 29, 2013 at 10:20 am · Reply

Almond and coconut are next on my list to try!
July 29, 2013 at 10:21 am · Reply

My favorite flavor is KIND Macadamia Apricot. Rather than candy in my stocking at Christmas, my Mom used to buy me a supply of my fav KIND bars!
July 29, 2013 at 10:21 am · Reply

So far I’ve only tried the fruit and nut varieties–I had no idea they also made granola!
July 29, 2013 at 10:22 am · Reply

Tweeted about it!
July 29, 2013 at 10:24 am · Reply

I love anything dark chocolate and nuts. I am dying to try to the dark chocolate and sea salt!
A Runnaroundd Life
July 29, 2013 at 10:31 am · Reply

I think my favorite one is the fruit&nut. I picked one up at Starbucks just to try out one day and I LOVED it. I don’t think I’ll go back to another bar — and I especially loved that it was gluten-free. Score! PS–so jealous of your garage full of KIND 🙂
July 29, 2013 at 10:36 am · Reply

What an AWESOME job to have! Nothing like promoting a brand you stand by yourself. 🙂 I love Kind bars. I don’t eat them regularly, but I do have them as an occasional treat. My favorite is also the strawberry and peanut butter one! Yum! I’d love to try the dark chocolate and sea salt. I see them everywhere and have heard SUCH great things. 😀
Jill C.
July 29, 2013 at 10:37 am · Reply

I LOVE Kind Peanut Butter granola! It’s my absolute favorite granola everrrr. Congrats on your new gig! Too cool 🙂
July 29, 2013 at 10:37 am · Reply

Almond and coconut, but I want to try some more 🙂
A Runnaroundd Life
July 29, 2013 at 10:38 am · Reply

Just tweeted 😀
July 29, 2013 at 10:39 am · Reply

Ooooh dark chocolate nuts & sea salt sounds AWESOME.
July 29, 2013 at 10:40 am · Reply

Dark chocolate nuts and sea salt (and really every single one!!)
July 29, 2013 at 10:41 am · Reply

I tweeted 🙂
Love to try peanut butter dark chocolate + protein (what a bonus 🙂 )
July 29, 2013 at 10:42 am · Reply

Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt sounds like it would be delicious, definitely want to try that! 🙂
Jennie G
July 29, 2013 at 10:43 am · Reply

I am torn because I really do like them all. My favorite right now is Dark Choc. and Sea Salt.
July 29, 2013 at 10:45 am · Reply

Just put out the tweet sharing the giveaway! 🙂
Stacey Caletka
July 29, 2013 at 10:45 am · Reply

Congratulations on your new job!!! Sounds like they picked the perfect person!!! I haven’t tried KIND bars yet but hear great things about them!!! The dark chocolate but and sea salt looks amazing! I’m gonna have to keep my eyes out for them!!!
July 29, 2013 at 10:45 am · Reply

My mouth started watering as soon as I saw the dark chocolate and sea salt flavor. I need to get my hands on one of those ASAP!
July 29, 2013 at 10:47 am · Reply

I tweeted:
Stacey Caletka
July 29, 2013 at 10:49 am · Reply

I also tweeted above message!!! 🙂 . Good luck to everyone entered!!!! @scaletka
July 29, 2013 at 10:51 am · Reply

I’ve never seen the dark chocolate nut one but it looks amazing!
Stacey Caletka
July 29, 2013 at 10:58 am · Reply

Blueberry Vanilla Cashew sounds absolutely amazing!!! Or Madagascar Vanilla Almond!!! Okay I’m going to search for some of these today!!! Thank you for the great review!
July 29, 2013 at 11:04 am · Reply

I would love to try to Almond Coconut one!
July 29, 2013 at 11:09 am · Reply

My favorite flavor is the almond cashew. YUM! I would also love to try the gluten free granolla!
July 29, 2013 at 11:13 am · Reply

I love the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants bar! I put them in welcome bags for guests at my wedding last year.
July 29, 2013 at 11:20 am · Reply

I am addicted to the dark chocolate and sea salt bars and would love to try the maple granola!!
Becky @ Olives n Wine
July 29, 2013 at 11:24 am · Reply

Oh – the dark chocolate, nuts and sea salt one sounds amazing!
Caitlin F.
July 29, 2013 at 11:25 am · Reply

Love the dark chocolate cherry bar!
Becky @ Olives n Wine
July 29, 2013 at 11:27 am · Reply

I tweeted!
Amanda Paa (@amanda_paa)
July 29, 2013 at 11:30 am · Reply

I love the apple cinnamon & pecan! Great morning treat.
July 29, 2013 at 11:34 am · Reply

I love them all!! The ones with chocolate are the best. 🙂
July 29, 2013 at 11:36 am · Reply

My daughter loves the dark chocolate with sea salt ones and I eat their granola almost every day. I like the cinnamon cluster one.
Kathleen Randolph
July 29, 2013 at 11:36 am · Reply

I would love to try the dark chocolate nuts and sea salt!! Mmm
Michelle H.
July 29, 2013 at 11:40 am · Reply

Love Madagascar vanilla but am dying to try dark chocolate / sea salt!
July 29, 2013 at 11:40 am · Reply

I really want to try the dark chocolate cinnamon pecan flavor! I am obsessed with all things cinnamon right now!
Laura S.
July 29, 2013 at 11:41 am · Reply

Congrats on your new job Lauren! Very exciting – yes, it’s so much easier to work when you’re pumped about the product(s)! That Madagascar Vanilla Almond in your drawer caught my eye for sure 🙂

I don’t tweet but if I share on my FB page would you accept that as an additional entry? Thanks for the giveaway!
July 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm · Reply

Yes, of course- thanks! Just leave another comment below saying that you shared on your FB page (I’ll believe you. 🙂 )
July 29, 2013 at 11:48 am · Reply

I’m in love with their peanut butter granola!

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Amy Q
July 29, 2013 at 11:49 am · Reply

I’m anxious to try Cashew & Ginger Spice and Madagascar Vanilla Almond, which I have never seen in stores (had no idea that KIND was holding out flavors on me!!!) but could they ever replace the one and only Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt? Seems hard to believe……..but anything’s possible with KIND!
July 29, 2013 at 11:49 am · Reply


katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com
Athena R
July 29, 2013 at 11:51 am · Reply

I love the pb & dark chocolate, coconut almond, etc. etc. I haven’t met a KIND bar that I didn’t like. I’ve never tried the granola, but I sure would love to. Also, congrats on the new job and thank you for the giveaway.
Athena R
July 29, 2013 at 11:54 am · Reply

July 29, 2013 at 11:55 am · Reply

It’s so hard to pick a favorite! I love any of the sweet + salty combos!
July 29, 2013 at 11:56 am · Reply

July 29, 2013 at 11:58 am · Reply

I would love to try the Madagascar Almond Vanilla or the Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt! I’d also love to try the granola – Ive never had any of the flavors but I am sure that they are all delicious!! Thanks Lauren!
July 29, 2013 at 11:59 am · Reply

They all so wonderful! Peanut Butter dark chocolate sounds amazing
Paige callahan
July 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm · Reply

I really want to try the dark chocolate nuts and sea salt bars! Yummm perfect combo!
Alex Fagan (@alexsilverfagan)
July 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm · Reply

I really really want to try the Dark Chocolate Chili Almond flavor!
Alex Fagan (@alexsilverfagan)
July 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm · Reply

tweeted as well
Melissa Sprott
July 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm · Reply

Oooh…I want to try them all! My favorite is the Kind PLUS Almond Walnut Macadamia…I don’t get as much protein as I need, and these are a *huge* help!

Congrats on the new job!!
July 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm · Reply

I have never tried them! Would love to, ANY flavor….Surprise Me!!!
July 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm · Reply

I’m a big fan of both the dark chocolate & sea salt and the cinnamon pecan. Pick me! Yay!
Jena Marie
July 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm · Reply

I just picked up some Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, but I’d love to try Pomegrante Blueberry Pistachio!!
Christine McCarthy (@OatmealBowl)
July 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm · Reply

Congrats! That is awesome Lauren. I’m a bit envious of your new job. I LOVE that Dark Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt bar. Tried it at Expo west. Was delicious!
July 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm · Reply

The dark chocolate nut and sea salt please! Thanks for the giveaway!
July 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm · Reply

I love the walnut PB clusters! Perfect for adding to my greek yogurt.
July 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm · Reply

I tweeted about your awesome KIND giveaway!
July 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm · Reply

I used the #kindawesome hashtag on my IG photos of KIND bars!
July 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm · Reply

I think my comment from before must’ve gotten mislaid…Anyway, I’m still wondering what’s up with the ingredient “glucose” in many of the KIND bars (i.e. instead of a natural sweetener like honey)?
July 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm · Reply

KIND bars do use honey as sweetener. The non-GMO glucose is used as a binding agent to hold everything together.
July 29, 2013 at 1:11 pm · Reply

Dark chocolate with nuts and sea salt is my absolute favorite, but I also love the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + protein. Of the fruit and nuts ones, Nut Delight is my favorite. I haven’t tried a flavor I don’t like yet.
Suzanne U
July 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm · Reply

Almond and coconut all the way BAYBEE!!! Taste like a luxurious treat!
July 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm · Reply

ThePomegrante Blueberry Pistachio!
July 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm · Reply

I would love to try the Dark chocolate with nuts and sea salt and the peanut butter & dark chocolate w/ protein bar
Annette Perkins (@FitnessPerks)
July 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm · Reply

YAYYYYYY! I won the other giveaway!! I can NOT wait to try them!

Also, I LOVE KIND bars. I think my fave is the dark chocolate sea salt/nuts one. But I’d be happy to try ANY of them (except ones with pb or peanuts)!!! <3
Amanda (@amandakteacher)
July 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm · Reply

I love KIND bars! I always get the dark chocolate cherry. So yummy! I’ve never tried the granola before though. And I really haven’t ventured into too many other flavors yet simply because I really love that chocolate cherry one. Mmmm!
July 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm · Reply

I’d love to try apple cinnamon and pecan! mmmm sounds amazing. My favorite is the basic fruit and nut! …. and I TWEETED!
Amanda (@amandakteacher)
July 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm · Reply

I tweeted!
Keyona Wever
July 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm · Reply

So I kind of live under a rock and had never heard of these until like 3 months ago and have been wanted to try them!!! I would LOVE to try the dark chocolate nut and sea salt but they all sound amazing to me!
Heather @ Better With Veggies
July 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm · Reply

I’m so excited for your new opportunity!! And I would LOVE to try the Dark Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt – the last one I got was actually given away to another hungry person before I got to try it. Bummer!
Heather @ Better With Veggies
July 29, 2013 at 3:02 pm · Reply

I tweeted!
July 29, 2013 at 3:04 pm · Reply

I would LOVE to try Maple!!! My favorites are any flavor with chocolate! 😉
Ashley H
July 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm · Reply

I Adore these bars too- what a fantastic job! My fave right now is the Blueberry Pecan but I really want to try the Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan! I haven’t had a bad flavor yet 🙂
Heather @ girlyeverafter
July 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm · Reply

I’m so happy for you and your new job! That’s so exciting! I Love anything dark chocolate, but my fav is the one with the sea salt! Delicious!
Heather @ girlyeverafter
July 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm · Reply

I tweeted!
Janette H.
July 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm · Reply

I literally eat a Pomegranate Pistachio bar every day. I always want to try new flavors but I’m afraid they won’t be as good as my favorite!

Also, I don’t have a Twitter account but I’m contemplating getting one just for another entry!
Kimberly Jo
July 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm · Reply

I have never tried Kind at all and the almond & coconut sounds really good!
July 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm · Reply

How can I just pick one?!?!
July 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm · Reply

Ahhhh!!! I am so excited for you!!!
July 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm · Reply

I would love to try the peanut butter and strawberry nad the sea salt dark chocolate!
July 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm · Reply

Huge congrats on the new job! I would LOVE to try the Cashew & Ginger Spice – yummy!
July 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm · Reply

Haven’t seen that blueberry pistachio, sounds amazing!
Ashley P
July 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm · Reply

I would love to try the peanut butter dark chocolate flavor!
Ashley P
July 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm · Reply

I tweeted about the giveaway:
July 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm · Reply

My favorite is the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew… although I’ve never tried a Kind Bar I didn’t like 😉
July 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm · Reply

I also tweeted about this great giveaway.
July 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm · Reply

I would love to try the Dark Chocolate, nuts and sea salt bar!
July 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm · Reply

I love dark chocolate nuts & sea salt
Billie Jean Grych
July 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm · Reply

Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan is definitely my favorite!
July 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm · Reply

I don’t really have a favorite yet. I think I got to try one at an expo. I’d love to try the Dark chocolate Nuts & sea salt. Anything with nuts or cranberries is awesome.
July 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm · Reply

I can’t pick just one favorite! But I definitely lean to the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew and Almond Coconut!
July 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm · Reply

I like the sound of the pb and strawberry and the cashew ginger spice but the chocolate cherry cashew is a win/win too! Yum…never tried them!
July 29, 2013 at 7:23 pm · Reply

I tweeted the text part!
July 29, 2013 at 7:24 pm · Reply

Tweeted my instagram using my housemates kind bar (Sssshhh don’t tell…I didn’t eat it but wanted too!)
July 29, 2013 at 7:31 pm · Reply

Congrats! Sounds like the greatest job evaaaaa! I’m sure you’ll have loads of fun, it’ll hardly feel like work! 🙂 It’s also awesome you get to promote something you feel good about promoting, best feeling ever. My fave bar is definitely the peanut butter dark chocolate one. yummmm!
Carol B
July 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm · Reply

Holy Toledo, your job sounds fantastic!! Dark chocolate cherry most definitely!!
Carol B
July 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm · Reply

I tweeted:
July 29, 2013 at 8:49 pm · Reply

Ohhh my I would love to try cashew and ginger spice! I’m riding the cashew train right now 🙂
July 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm · Reply

Tweeted! 🙂
July 29, 2013 at 9:02 pm · Reply

i tweeted –
July 29, 2013 at 9:03 pm · Reply

the peanut butter and strawberry sounds amazing – yum. congrats on the job 🙂
Jen @ Such a Funny Fat
July 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm · Reply

I haven’t tried that Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt one but I desperately want to.
Racing Bananas
July 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm · Reply

Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt for sure!
July 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm · Reply

I would love to try the dark chocolate nuts and sea salt – can’t ever find it in the store!
July 29, 2013 at 9:37 pm · Reply

I really like Almond-Coconut, but I’d love to try their chocolate flavors!
Carla C
July 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm · Reply

Almond and aprioct, and cashew ginger spice, and pomegrante blueberry pistachio all sound so intriguing.. but let’s be honest, they all sound great!
July 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm · Reply

That’s so awesome! I would LOVE to work for a company that I look so highly upon. Lucky you! And, my favorite flavor is definitely the dark chocolate sea salt, though the dark chocolate and chili is a close second. They have come out with some awesome new flavors! I haven’t had the granola yet, but I am sure it is awesome too.
July 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm · Reply

Congrats on such a cool job! I would love to do that! By reading your post, just found out about their PB cereal! Excited to try! I love the dark choco & sea salt bar!
Jordan Dunne (@j_mosh)
July 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm · Reply

The maple walnut cluster Healthy Grains sound incredible! I love the new Kind low sugar bars, especially the sea salt dark chocolate. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Jordan Dunne (@j_mosh)
July 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm · Reply

I tweeted:
July 29, 2013 at 10:28 pm · Reply

Peanut butter dark chocolate, I would guess. I’ve never tried a Kind Bar, but would love to!!
July 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm · Reply

I want to try the dark chocolate and sea salt bar! I’ve been on antibiotics for months and can’t have too much sugar so I love that it is low in sugar. And I’m sure it’s delicious!
July 29, 2013 at 11:33 pm · Reply

Mmmm…I think I need the dark chocolate with cinnamon and pecans…my favorite nut!
Nicole @ FruitnFitness
July 30, 2013 at 1:15 am · Reply

Oh what an awesome job! I think my favorite kind bars I have had so far are this one with apricot, it tasted like a tropical vacation. I haven’t tried a flavor that I dislike yet.
July 30, 2013 at 1:50 am · Reply

I love them all but my favourite is e Dark Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt bar
July 30, 2013 at 5:55 am · Reply

Anything with dark chocolate is great in my world! Dark chocolate with peanut butter, cherry cashew, nuts & sea salt, it all sounds wonderful! I would love to try!!!
July 30, 2013 at 7:35 am · Reply

The dark chocolate with sea salt and nuts!
July 30, 2013 at 8:08 am · Reply

What a tough decision, there are so many tasty KIND bar flavors out there! If I had to pick, it would probably be a tie between the “Almond & Apricot” and the “Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio”….
Laura S.
July 30, 2013 at 9:17 am · Reply

I shared this giveaway on my FB page! Thank you!!!
Georgiana S
July 30, 2013 at 10:28 am · Reply

Madagascar Vanilla Almond sounds incredible to me and I’ve only tried KIND once and absolutely loved their flavor mixture of nuts and fruit! Would LOVE to try some more KIND goodness and share with my family! Thank you!
July 30, 2013 at 10:56 am · Reply

I love the coconut and almond bar! So yummy!
Abby Ecker
July 30, 2013 at 11:58 am · Reply

Mine is the dark chocolate sea salt KIND bar! Mmmmm 🙂
Nikki V
July 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm · Reply

I love anything with peanut butter and/or chocolate! I especially love the fruit and nut bars!
July 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm · Reply

I love the apple cinnamon and pecan and would love to try the peanut butter and strawberry! KIND bars are the best. I promote them to all my friends and even got my hubby hooked on them instead of some other not so good for you bars. I have found they are easy on my stomach before a workout too. Congrats on your new KIND job. KINDA cool!
July 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm · Reply

I tweeted about the KIND giveaway.
July 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm · Reply

Would enjoy the Blueberry Pecan for my favorite fruit and nut combo! Thanks
July 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm · Reply

The dark chocolate sea salt is my favorite!
July 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm · Reply

Tweeted here:
July 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm · Reply

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt! Oh my! What a combo! 🙂
Jillian @ Baby Doodah!
July 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm · Reply

Honestly? I can never decide, but if I’m forced to choose, I would go for Almond & Coconut or Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate. Love themmmmm!
Jillian @ Baby Doodah!
July 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm · Reply

I tweeted as well!! Check it out! @jillianmack Thanks so much for doing this giveaway!
July 30, 2013 at 11:55 pm · Reply

Oh my! Oh my! You are awesome! I love KIND!! My favorite is Coconut and Almond!
July 30, 2013 at 11:56 pm · Reply


Thea Rudland
July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am · Reply

I love, love the Madagascar Vanilla Bar. It tastes like ice cream to me. Strange, I know.
Katie Contests
July 31, 2013 at 2:47 am · Reply

My favorite bar flavor is Almond & Apricot
Katie Contests
July 31, 2013 at 2:50 am · Reply

My tweet:
July 31, 2013 at 6:42 am · Reply

So jealous of your stockpile! I love the dark chocolate and nuts with sea salt…yummmm!
Kate K
July 31, 2013 at 8:37 am · Reply

I love the dark chocolate and sea salt bars.Yummmm
July 31, 2013 at 8:49 am · Reply

Madagascar Vanilla Almond is my favorite…yum!
July 31, 2013 at 10:59 am · Reply

My favorite is blueberry pecan. (And my fave granola flavors are the same as yours. That maple walnut is a little dangerous!)
July 31, 2013 at 11:00 am · Reply

I tweeted!

July 31, 2013 at 11:10 am · Reply

I LOVE Kind Bars:) My favorite is the Almond Coconut!
Allison Z
July 31, 2013 at 11:29 am · Reply

I love the Fruit and Nut Delight Kind bar! 🙂
Thea Rudland
July 31, 2013 at 11:42 am · Reply

Here’s my tweet!
July 31, 2013 at 11:47 am · Reply

I’m a huge fan of the dark cherry chocolate cashew KIND bar! Me and my friends discovered them earlier this year (we run on our college team) and wish they could be a staple in our locker room for post-workout treats, but they’re just so dang expensive!
Nicole @ FruitnFitness
July 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm · Reply

I tweeted
July 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm · Reply

i would looove to try the peanut butter strawberry!
August 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm · Reply

I’ve had Kind Granola before but never the Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Clusters, they sound awesome! Congrats on the new “gig”.

Rocky Mountain Therapy

I’m going to start off by sounding like a HUGE brat here. It’s been cloudy and gray for the last two days here- and that is something that just doesn’t happen in Colorado! It even rained on Sunday morning, which is also weird. It often rains briefly in the afternoon/evening but never in the morning. Our wonderful state has over 300 days of sunshine each year. Of the 92 days that I’ve lived here, it’s been sunny for 89 of them. Putting it in that perspective makes me see that I have no right to complain… but man, I want that sunshine back! Hopefully Mother Nature will make that happen for me today.

It was beautiful and sunny last Saturday, so Greg and I made sure to take full advantage! We headed up north to Estes Park with Paige, Shane and their friends (and our new friends!) Katie and David. I had heard Paige talk about how beautiful the hike to Gem Lake is and I was excited to check it our for myself! We packed up some lunch, grabbed our backpacks and headed out on the trail.


I loved this trail right away. It was the perfect balance of strenuous climbing followed by flat sections (followed by more climbing). There were beautiful views along the trail as well.


We stopped a few times to climb around on some rocks and do a little posing…



The boys went on ahead (because they are all super human and speedy) and it was good to have some girl talk.:)

Paige showed us her “favorite tree” in all of Colorado:


Or… at least she thinks that’s the three. 😉

When we made it to the top, we were rewarded with beautiful Gem Lake! I love mountain lakes!!

gem lake

The water was actually not too cold. There were a lot of people wading around, but it was still a bit chilly for any of us to want to get in. Instead, we enjoyed a picnic lunch on a nearby rock (which included some delicious Colorado craft beer):


We had some visitors try to join us. These little guys are not shy!


This guy was such a piggie- he was trying to steal all of our food (and his cheeks were already stuffed!)


The chipmunks are definitely entertaining!

We were all having a great time- and reminding ourselves of just how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place (all six of us have moved to Colorado within the last year).

girls rock


Some of the guys decided to climb up high on the rocks (I did not join in on their shenanigans).


red rock

I just soaked in this beautiful view until it was time to head back down.

lunch view

Speaking of beautiful views, there were definitely more on the hike back to the trail head!


We made our way back down pretty quickly and I was sad to see the hike end! But I have to just keep reminding myself (still) that there’s no rush. There’s plenty of beautiful hikes to come for a long, long time.

Thanks for a great Saturday- you guys are the best!

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Hiking is most definitely therapeutic for me. It’s impossible to be in a bad mood when I’m out on the trail (especially when the sun is shining!) and I never take it for granted!

If you haven’t yet checked out the awesome KIND giveaway I’ve got going on- get on over there!

What’s your favorite “therapy?”
July 30th, 2013 | Tags: Colorado, Favorite Things, Hiking | Category: Uncategorized

15 comments to Rocky Mountain Therapy

July 30, 2013 at 5:39 am · Reply

Haha! The chipmunk–so cute!
July 30, 2013 at 6:34 am · Reply

OMG. You’re Colorado posts make me miss living there SO MUCH!!! Lived there 10 years ago while I was going to massage school in Boulder. I would move back in a heartbeat! It still holds such a special place in my heart! Good for you for making the jump! 🙂
Heather Balogh (@AColoradoGal)
July 30, 2013 at 8:08 am · Reply

Heading outside for me too– best therapy ever! And I’ve actually been loving this rain– so nice for a change, even though it did ruin our weekend plans!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
July 30, 2013 at 8:41 am · Reply

Such beautiful views – wow!! But I think I’d be freaking out if that chipmunk was trying to eat my lunch…or drink my beer!!
Katy R
July 30, 2013 at 8:50 am · Reply

Those views are amazing! I’m so jealous of all your hiking & outside activities in CO!! I need to come visit!!!!!!! That chipmunk is adorable!!!!!!!!!!!
Jill C.
July 30, 2013 at 10:19 am · Reply

I need you to scoop up one of those sweet chipmunks for me! Sooooo cute 🙂
Annette Perkins (@FitnessPerks)
July 30, 2013 at 10:38 am · Reply

Such beautiful views! I LOVE Estes park & the chipmunks. they are so so darn cute!
Natalie @ Free Range Human
July 30, 2013 at 10:45 am · Reply

Backpacking is definitely my therapy. There’s nothing quite like throwing on a backpack and disappearing into the mountains for a few days!
Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt
July 30, 2013 at 10:58 am · Reply

I’m into dog and retail therapy. 🙂

Cute little chipmunk! There really is such a thing as chipmunk cheeks!
Corrie Anne
July 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm · Reply

PUPPY Therapy. Okay and retail like Erin. Lol. So gorgeous. And yeah. What’s up with the gray????
Heather @ Better With Veggies
July 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm · Reply

That looks like a beautiful hike – just gorgeous!! And I’ve been complaining about the weather too, I think that means we’re real Coloradans now. 🙂
lynne @ lgsmash
July 30, 2013 at 3:23 pm · Reply

i thought the same thing on Saturday night when it rained from 11p-5a – so unusual! I definitely don’t mind it though. I definitely love the sun but it’s nice to have a cloudy day every so often!
Apples and Arteries
July 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm · Reply

Lovely photos!
Walking my dog, running, yoga. Actually baking and cooking are very relaxing for me.
Heidi Nicole
July 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm · Reply

When we were in WI this weekend it was gloomy for the majority of 4 days. that is fairly normal for WI (although, its usually in the winter, not July) but we were complaining! Where was the sun!? At least it wasn’t humid while we were visiting!

We did that Gem Lake hike a few weeks ago when we weren’t brave enough to venture into the chaos of the main RMNP entrance, it was really pretty and peaceful. Did you feed the chipmunks? Not to sound bitchy, but please don’t feed the chipmunks! I know people do it all the time but when they get fed a ton of (unhealthy-to-them) food in the summer time they are completely unprepared for the winter weather and are far more likely to die of starvation! Sorry, I had to say something, it drives me batty when people feed them, especially parents letting their kids feed them right next to signs that say “Don’t feed the wildlife”!
July 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm · Reply

Ha- I KNEW that someone would comment about not feeding the chipmunks (I almost wrote something in the post!). Trust me- we weren’t feeding them- they just kept trying to steal our food. I know ALL about why you shouldn’t feed them. 🙂

[Current] Favorites on a Friday

Can you believe it’s already almost mid-July?? This summer is just flying by! I still don’t know where June went!

Instead of sulking about how quickly time passes and the fact that summer will be over before you know it, let’s have some fun today shall we? As per usual, I’ve been making a mental list of some of my favorite things over the last few weeks that I want to share with you. I was fully planning on doing a vlog again like my last “favorites” post, but I just didn’t get my act together. Since I (seemingly) didn’t scare you guys away with the last one, I promise that I’ll have another coming soon!

For now, you can read about some of my current favorite things (and enjoy the pretty pictures).


I think I mentioned this on my re-cap of my trip to Oregon last month, but did you know that hazelnuts (or “filberts” if you prefer) are a big deal in Oregon? They grow them everywhere! After passing multiple orchards, Greg and I finally decided to go get some. We could’ve picked them ourselves, but decided to go the easy route and buy the bagged version.


The orchard we went to (where we also picked cherries!) grew two different types of hazelnuts: The “regular” variety is what you are probably used to, and the Ennis variety is a bit softer and sweeter (and more delicious!). I will be sad when these bags are empty.


I first tried Detour bars while helping stuff the swag bags for the Blend retreat since they were one of the items in our swag bags. I had the Neapolitan flavor and was a fan of the taste and the nutritional stats.


A few weeks ago, I received an email from one of the folks from Detour asking if I’d like a box to be sent to me (to which I said “yes, please!”). In the spirit of neapolitan ice cream, I put the box in the freezer. I usually have a GoodPop for dessert, but sometimes I’ll trade that out for a frozen Detour bar. It’s delicious!


Keeping with the theme of things from my freezer, the next item on my favorites list isn’t exactly new to me at all- Healthy Bites!


I had first ordered Healthy Bites from my lovely friend Lindsay over a year ago and don’t know why I waited so long to order them again. I asked Lindsay to send me a variety of her current flavors this time and I’ve tasted each and every one so far. I am 100% honest when I say- every single healthy bite is delicious. I have one before my workout in the morning and it gives me that little bit of fuel I need to push through. I have to practice a lot of discipline with those little bites- they taste like dessert and I could easily down the whole bag in one sitting!

If you are interested in trying out Healthy Bites for yourself, you can order them here. You WON’T be sorry!!


Sigh… I was very late to jump on the Lululemon bandwagon, but I managed to get sucked right in when I went to Salt Lake City in May, thank you very much Lindsay Wright. There’s no denying that the clothes are outrageously expensive- but- you certainly pay for what you get. I’ve been pretty reserved in my purchases so far and have one pair of shorts (that I wash about 4x a week so I can wear them over and over), a sports bra and two tops. Yesterday I picked up a yoga mat.

Yes, I lied yesterday when I Instagrammed this photo and said I was “just browsing.”


I sweat a lot in yoga and slide all over my current mat (which definitely takes away from my practice!), and the Lululemon mats are supposed to prevent that. We’ll see…


Speaking of yoga… one of the big goals I’d like to make this year is making yoga much more of a regular part of my routine. I’ve gone through phases in the past, but it’s just something that I’ve never made a priority. I discovered an awesome yoga studio by my house that has a beautiful studio.


I got to try the first class for free this past Tuesday, which was called Yoga Burn. It was a combination of 3 sets about 10 minutes of HIIT exercises followed by a 10-ish minute flow, repeated two times. And boy did it burn! I returned the following day and bought a 30-day pass for $45 and took the Velo Yoga class (and Paige joined me too!). It was 30 minutes of Spinning followed by 30 minutes of gentle flow. And again, it kicked my butt! I can’t wait to try out the other classes they offer, including a Barre class (which I’ve been dying to try) and maybe Aerial Yoga… the idea of it kind of scares me.


You probably already know that I love this top, because just like the Lululemon shorts I mentioned above, I wash it several times a week so I can wear it over at over again. I got the top in my swag bag at Fitbloggin’ and it was love at first sight!


The design is quite flattering and it’s made with super soft fabric. Plus, it’s got a built in bra, which is something that this (small to average busted) girl is always a big fan of.


Like most cool apps I’ve discovered, I first learned about Timehop from Janetha. Checking it is one of the most fun 20 seconds of my day! It shows you different Instagram photos, Tweets and Facebook statuses and photos from 1-4 years ago.


Seeing my former social media updates has been particularly fun this month because I got married two years ago this coming Wednesday. There have been several funny pre-wedding photos and status updates from that time that I can laugh about now. 🙂


During my loooooong drive from Maryland to Colorado, I listened to My Horizontal Life on audiobooks. It kept me thoroughly entertained as I made that final leg through Kansas. I’m currently reading Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea before I fall asleep each night (I have about 3 chapters left!). I fall asleep quickly when I read so it’s taking a while.


I seriously laugh out loud with pretty much every single page I read. If you’re not easily offended, I highly recommend any of her books.

And last but not least…


No, I’m not talking about Pabst Blue Ribbon (what contest did that win a Blue Ribbon for?!) Canning beer is supposed to be better (than bottling) because it protects the beer from light that would be exposed to (even a dark) glass bottle. Cans are more airtight and oxygen free than bottles, thus sealing in the flavor. A can also takes up less space than a bottle AND it’s easier to pack in a backpack to enjoy after a great mountain bike ride or hike!


Greg and I celebrate our two year anniversary next week, and we’re trying to make it a tradition to hike a different 14er on that day each year. You bet we’ll be enjoying some delicious Colorado craft (canned) beer at the summit that day!

That’s it for today- have a rockin’ weekend!

FYI- there’s still TWO giveaways going on here! Be sure to check both of them out!

$1,000 SpaFinder Gift Card

Free Whitewater Rafting trip for two

Are you a fan of any of the favorites mentioned above (or do you have anything to add)?